The reluctant retained witness: Alleged sexual misconduct in the doctor/patient relationship

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Testifying as an expert ethics witness raises a number of important issues. These include: the prospect of generating adverse publicity for oneself and one's institution, avoiding bias, giving testimony that is at odds with testimony given by colleagues, potential conflicts of interest introduced by reimbursement, the need of those who hear the testimony of bioethicists to appreciate the nature of moral expertise, the difficulty of assessing the quality of legal evidence which emerges from adversarial legal proceedings, and the need to consider what weight should be assigned to expert ethics testimony. Along with these issues, what might constitute sexual misconduct is addressed in the essay so that readers can review the decision-making of the author in two cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-364
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Medicine and Philosophy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Doctor/patient relationship
  • Ethical expertise
  • Ethics expert witness
  • Medical ethics
  • Sexual misconduct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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